WARNING: If you are offended by colorful language, or what we referred to where I grew up as cussin', then you should close this window and not read any further.
I have always hated Valentine's Day. It makes single people feel like losers and puts undue pressure on couples to express their love for each other on one arbitrary day, rather than just being nice to each other the other 364 days. It places too much emphasis on buying one's love with expensive material things. And I really hate flowers and at least one person always gets a big bouquet delivered to the office sending me into allergy hell.
My wedding anniversary also happens to be 3 days after Valentine's Day, which prompts at least one person every year to ask me if we got married on that day because of the holiday. I've always thought that question was really stupid. If we cared so much about it why wouldn't we have gotten married ON Valentine's Day instead of 3 days later? I try to tell the truth, which is that we got married on that Friday because my husband was having life-saving surgery the following Monday and we needed to get him on my health insurance plan before that date. Perhaps I get a little enjoyment from making stupid people feel uncomfortable.
In addition to just hating the holiday, I also dislike how around this time of year my Pinterest board gets flooded with Valentine's decoration ideas. Pages and pages of hearts and pink/red everywhere. But the thing that bugs me more than anything are those stupid LO-VE graphics. you know the ones. Why do they have to put it on 2 separate lines? it's only 4 letters. It doesn't make a lick of sense.
So this year I put my irrational anger to work. I made my own reaction to those silly Love posters.
This little wall-hanging/table topper is 16.5" x 17.5". I used scrap fabrics for the letters and kelbysews paper piecing pattern printed at half size. The background fabric is a timeless treasures novelty fabric with personal ads.
I used a b/w/r poppies fabric for the backing and binding. There are little pockets in the top corners to add a dowel rod for hanging. I outlined the letters in red thread with my walking foot and then free motion quilted the rest with black and white threads.
I am really happy with the quilting. I did an echo shell in the background of the letters and then a spiral shell pattern in the timeless treasures background. I made a wavy U shape in the solid black border. I usually wash all of my quilts but I left this one unwashed in order to highlight the quilting stitches.
For all my fellow haters out there, this mini is in the shop.